Farm Hill, MA F0 Tornado of July 3, 1961

Middlesex County

Figure 1 depicts the surface observations at 2:00 am EDT, which shows a cold front across the northeastern United States. This cold front likely became stationary throughout the day as the low pressure system over James Bay continued to occlude. This front then likely became the focus for thunderstorm activity throughout the afternoon hours of July 3rd, which ultimately led to this tornado.

Figure 1. Surface weather map for July 3, 1961 at 2:00 am EDT (NOAA, 2019).

The Farm Hill, MA F0 tornado of July 3, 1961 impacted Middlesex County in Massachusetts. According to NOAA (2019), the F0 tornado caused no fatalities or injuries, but caused $25 thousand dollars in property damage. The tornado touched down in Middlesex County near Main Street at 5:00 pm EDT. The tornado travelled for 0.5 miles and had a maximum width of 33 yards.


NOAA Central Library. (2019). U.S. Daily Weather Maps. Monday July 3, 1961 [PDF]. Retrieved from

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